Importance of Mosses
Sphagnum moss has high water-holding capacity
Mosses in the environment are important in soil formation. One of the first types of organisms to colonize new surfaces. Trap organic matter and soil and help other plants invade new areas.
- Used in floriculture for shipping plants, and for potting media
Major component of gardens in Asian cultures.
Importance of Ferns
Significant portion of forest understory habitats occupied by ferns -- tolerate low light environments
Economically important in the floriculture industry
- Potted plants
- Landscape horticulture
- Flower arrangements
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